Thank you to everyone for the lovely well-wishes and kind thoughts on my recovery. I kid you not when I say that dealing with cancer was much easier than dealing with Miller-Fisher variant of Guillane-Barré. This has been a… journey.
But as with every journey, small steps combine to make big strides. Or something like that. Anyway, I am healing, and slowly things are returning to their prior state. It’s going slower than I would like, and I lost 15 lbs thanks to this beast. That’s no humble brag. I lost muscle, not something I want. I’m slowly building it back up. At this point I’ve been discharged from the nursing care, occupational therapy and now the in-home physical therapy. Tuesday I’ll start outpatient PT. This is all great stuff. I’m gonna beat this thing back into submission. As I said to my BFF Barb, Miller-Fisher picked the wrong b*tch to go after!
The first symptom to show up, and the thing that sent me to the neurologist in the first place, was double vision. Alas, I still am afflicted with that. I have one side of my glasses patched (you can see that on my FB and IG feeds), and since it’s been almost 6 weeks, my depth perception is non-existent. I’ve been hesitant to go back into the sewing room, since I don’t want to slice myself with a rotary cutter.
Sewing is good therapy, and I have really needed it, so back into the sewing room I went this week. Because of my limited vision and lack of depth perception, I decided to stick with a tried and true. Plus I need a new top. So it was my trusty StyleArc Ann Tee Top to the rescue!
I made no changes to the pattern, but this time I sewed it in a bold printed ITY Jersey for the body, and black ITY jersey for the neckband and sleeves. Both are from Gorgeous Fabrics (stay tuned in 2018 for new developments, and that’s all I’m going to say for now 🙂 ).
It went together beautifully, and I am wearing it now. I’ll get pictures on me at some point, but in the meantime you can see the more-or less finished result on Shelley.
I will tell you one bad experience I had, and it has nothing to do with the pattern or fabric. If you recall, earlier this year I did my own unvarnished, un-sponsored review of Coats and Clarks Eloflex Thread. I wasn’t impressed then, but I figured I would try again, so I gave it a go.
Here’s my equally unvarnished opinion after my second go-round. Save your money. It’s not worth it. It didn’t want to wind on the bobbin without some serious help from me (I never have a problem like that with any other threads). When it wasn’t skipping stitches – and I tried every type of needle in different sizes – it would break about every three or four inches. Screw that. I threw it out, ran a narrow overlock and I’ll finish the final hem with the coverstitch that my husband put under the tree.
So, I’m feeling quite accomplished that I managed to make a top without hurting myself or breaking anything! Small steps, but they add up over time. I really want to make a coat, but I don’t feel ready to do anything that complex – yet. But give me time, and I’ll be back and sewing up a storm.
Merry Christmas, love you all, and of course,